Identification of the needs and priorities for further developments in inter-relationships between retail organisation and manufacturers (downstream) with the objectives of:
Integration with retailing organisations of different size, promotion of additional services to the customers (to the retailers and final consumers), and better monitoring of customer behaviour (sell-out reporting etc), from retailers and end consumers. These will lead to the improvement of the functional data directory and functional data flow analysis and design.
Improvement and formalisation of sector codification
Check and improvement of the compliance of XML templates with the EAN.UCC standardization system.
In the area of manufacturing and subcontracting (upstream) the objectives are:
complete the set of EDI/XML documents towards yarn suppliers and make them flexible enough in order to accommodate complex and distinct business processes (enterprise networking; on technical information and planning; feedback of market information from downstream).
To allow sub-sector communities (based on industrial districts or product typology) to interact with external partners (this area of the supply chain has been characterised by the tendency to create small communities, for example at district level, with their own tools and dialects).
Description of work
Task 1.1 Inter-company workflows in the fabric manufacturing focused on yarn supplying and dyeing
Subtask 1.1.1 - Analysis and design for manufacturing chain integration
Analysis of inter-company workflows, with special attention to the scenarios of industrial districts with a large presence of SMEs. Analysis of existing case studies and experiences realised in the European countries through interviews with the Technology Pilot Users, and other relevant experience.
Comparison of TEX-WEAVE approach with the CEN/ISSS Workshop FINEC (footwear sector) approach to the issue, as well as the suitability of the EAN.UCC standardisation system to support the requirement of the system integration scenario.
A final report will present the most common and/or innovative workflows as suggested “best practices”.
Subtask 1.1.2 - Improvement of the interoperability framework
Improvement of the existing TEX-SPIN framework for the management of the exchanges in the upstream manufacturing area, with specific attention to the subcontracting for finishing, dyeing and yarn supplying.
The results will be the definition of new terms for the dictionary, XML Schema, XSL style sheets, XML samples, user implementation guides to be included in the final CWA (at least 2-3 new XML messages: yarn purchase order, subcontracting yarn dieing).
The result will be a set of general model documents, developed to manage subcontracting together with specific implementations for some of the most known and used processes of the T/C sector (the definition of a set of rules to apply the common dictionary terms to these general models in order to apply them for yarn supply or yarn subcontracting will enhance the possibility for the whole chain to be well supported whichever it is fragmented).
The technical documentation will be drafted with the aim of making it easily understandable and usable for business men, experts working in the T/C industry, as well as in their technology suppliers.
Task 1.2 Improved services to the customers and better integration with retailing organisations
Subtask 1.2.1 – Analysis and design for integration of retail organisations
Analysis and design of the functional data flows and scenarios in the relationships between retailers and manufacturers, with the aim to gain a more detailed and innovative scenario for B2B exchanges. Particular attention will be paid to the sector codification issues for retail organisations, and to the development of a sector EDI/XML Guideline addressed to aim/convince users to implement EDI/XML solutions.
The work done by CEN/ISSS Workshop eCAT will be also analysed .
Subtask 1.2.2- Improvement of downstream XML messages
Improvements and new developments (if necessary) of XML message schemas to be able to exchange data with retail organisations according to the EAN.UCC framework. The challenge is to be able to be compliant with the generalised approach of EAN.UCC maintaining the capability to fit sector requirements.